(Video link here.) So, er, yes, well, er, we DO have a regifting drawer as well as a gift drawer of stuff we’ve bought because we think it’s universally great. Truth be told, the stuff in the regifting drawer tends to languish, we suspect because it can take a while before we find someone for whom the outlier gift is really appropriate.
To avoid the whole issue, we try hard not to buy frivolous gifts just because we’re supposed to. Here’s our collection of swell, last-minute gift ideas.
Our long-time gift strategy has simplified and de-stressed the holidays greatly: we give a bunch of money to a charity and then give our friends (who generally don’t need more stuff) cards saying that we’ve given money in their names. At ’tis Best you can buy customized gift cards that look like store gift cards, that allow the giftee to choose the charity they prefer. Then we give smallish gifts to a few folks.
Every year, we order 5-pound boxes of sensational Montana-made Bequet sea salt caramels and package them into pretty bags OR just have Bequet ship their gift packs directly to far-flung friends. They are so memorable, giftees hint that they want MORE The caramels also make great gifts to bring to a party AND to serve at the end of our own holiday parties. If you need them faster than Bequet can ship them, you’ll find the caramels at Amazon (though check the purveyor’s ratings to make sure you get fresh ones).
We are big fans of giving books. Current favorites include just about any of the wonderfully designed Everyman’s Library Pocket Poet series. They are inexpensive so giving several means for some great visuals. We love Dickinson: Poems (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets) and Rilke: Poems. Read our post about them here.
A red moleskin notebook makes a fine accompaniment or gift on its own.
One of the BEST gifts we’ve gotten and given, is Bose Noise-Cancelling Headphones or Earbuds. They are great for sensitive souls and for folks who fly a lot, or just need an instant way to chill and/or meditate. They aren’t cheap but worth every penny. And we hear Bose has a special replacement program if they get damaged. (Ours haven’t in over two years).
For more ideas, shop our carefully-vetted shop — from compelling books to an ever-popular toy Helicopter. Check out Public Radio’s The Splendid Table interview with Sally about her favorite gift ideas for cooks and eaters.